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CHD-110

Child Health and Safety

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the student to essentials in creating a safe and healthy environment for young children, birth to age eight, both typically and atypically developing. Students will explore both the indoor and outdoor environment of group settings from infancy through the early elementary years. Topics of study include how to promote health and nutrition in the classroom, prevent illnesses and reduce injuries, and create mentally healthy environments. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-115

Early Childhood Curriculum

Credit(s): 3

Students will examine the critical role of curriculum in meeting the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of typically and atypically developing children from birth through age eight. Strategies for creating a child-centered approach to curriculum will be practiced including the use of space, materials, relationships, and routines. Students will gain experience in observing, documenting, and expanding upon children's development, ideas and works. Self reflection and hands-on learning are vital components of this course. Some class sessions will be held at the NIC Children's Center to facilitate this process. Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in CHD 134 is encouraged, but not required. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-134

Infancy Through Middle Childhood

Credit(s): 3

CHD 134 provides an introductory overview of human development from conception through middle childhood. Physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of typically and atypically developing children will be examined in the context of family and social issues. This is a required course for the Child Development program and is strongly recommended for Elementary Education majors. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-150

Professional Partnerships - Families, Schools, and Community

Credit(s): 3

This course will cover the essentials for professionally managing an effective early care and education program or classroom by developing partnerships among staff, family, and community members. Topics include the design and implementation of contracts and policies, record keeping, communication strategies, family involvement, professional affiliations, and the importance of collaboration to supporting typically and atypically developing children and their families. Students will become aware of the impact personal attitudes and philosophies have on building partnerships, solving problems, and resolving conflicts. Students will become familiar with the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and its practical application. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-235

Observation & Assess

Credit(s): 3

CHD 235 provides students with the skills necessary to observe, record, and interpret the behavior of young children. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Take CHD-134; Minimum grade C-.

CHD-243

Early Childhood Education

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to the field of early childhood education. Developmentally appropriate practices for programs serving both typically and atypically developing children birth to age eight are examined. Topics include curriculum, play theory, literacy, behavior guidance, early care, education programs in the U.S. and internationally, primary grade education, and working with families. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-254

Child Guidance Theory

Credit(s): 3

Techniques are examined for understanding and effectively guiding the behavior of young children, both typically and atypically developing. Included are skills for managing classroom situations, preventing problems, encouraging conflict resolution, promoting self esteem, and setting individualized goals for young children in a classroom setting. It is a required course for the Child Development program and is strongly recommended for Elementary Education majors. Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in CHD 134 is encouraged, but not required. Lecture: 3 hours per week

CHD-298A

Child Development Practicum A

Credit(s): 3

This course provides supervised experience working with young children in the NIC Children's Center and is the first of three practicum experiences for students in the AA or AS Child Development program. Students gain practical experience planning, preparing, and implementing curriculum, practicing behavior guidance techniques, working with families, and discussing how to meet the individual needs of children with varying abilities. It is a required course for the Child Development program. Lecture: 4 hours per week Seminar: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Take CHD-134; Minimum grade C-.

CHD-298B

Child Development Practicum B

Credit(s): 3

CHD 298B offers continued experience working directly with young children in a supervised setting. Students may be placed in an approved off campus early childhood setting or continue practice at the NIC Children's Center. Emphasis is on practicing skills in curriculum development, behavior guidance, and working with families of young children both typically and atypically developing. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 4 hours per week

CHD-298C

Child Development Practicum C

Credit(s): 3

CHD 298C is the final experience working directly with young children in a supervised setting in the NIC Children's Center or in an approved off campus setting. Students continue practicing skills in curriculum development, behavior guidance, assessment, and working with families of young children of varying abilities. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CHD-134 and CHD-298B with a minimum grade of C-.

CHD-298D

Child Development Practicum D

Credit(s): 3

CHD 298D is intended primarily for those students who have completed degree or certificate programs but need ongoing college credit for professional development purposes. This may include those professionals seeking CDA Certificate renewal, Head Start staff, and community early childhood teachers who have already completed child development courses at NIC but may need further skill development in a particular domain. Topics of study and application will be individualized according to student and program need. Lecture/Lab: 6 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CHD-134 with a C- or better.